100 lb. Club - Hi - new to the forums




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katrs5
04-02-2007, 12:55 AM
My name is Brandy and I have 155# to lose. Yikes. That's hard to swallow, but I know I didn't get here overnight, so I know it will take time.

I think I'm serious about weight loss this time mostly b/c of my health. I'm 30, I have PCOS, have high blood pressure (controlled with meds) and recently started noticing my ankles are swelling. I just married in December and I'm so uncomfortable in my body. I hate how I look, that I have to ask for an extender on a plane, that I avoid things (like rides at the fair) b/c of my weight etc... I've been overweight my whole life and I just want to get to normal - where I can enjoy all the things I love with my husband.

Let's see...I have just finished the You on a Diet book and plan to really implement that, if I can figure it out. I wish it were a bit more defined actually...but I'm sure with time I'll get it.

I do have a question for those that have been doing this a while. As far as exercise goes...did you just diet first and then add in exercise when you hit a plateau? or did you start exercising right away? I do get short of breath with a lot of activity, but I can do it so I was thinking of either waiting or doing something like the 1 mile Walk away the pounds tapes.

Well, I look forward to getting to know you all!

Brandy


Penney
04-02-2007, 01:03 AM
Welcome Brandy!

You have found the best support system in the world! The ladies here are so wonderful and so full of knowledge!

The WATP dvd's are great... I started exercising the same time I changed my eating habits - I figured that I might as well start the same way that I mean to go on... Whatever I have a hard time doing - I just tone it down a bit until I could...

Good luck, you can do it!!

boaterswife
04-02-2007, 10:43 AM
Welcome, Brandy, and good luck to you!

The number of pounds you need to lose can be very daunting, I started out needing to lose 106 pounds. Triple digits, wow, what an eye-opener! Don't look at the total weight loss needed. Break it down into smaller increments, whether they be 10 pounds or 10%. It all feels so much more achievable that way, and you will get the good feelings and motivation from reaching your goals!

I started exercising the same time I made the lifestyle changes. I felt that it was all part of the lifestyle package. I did not start out, however, going full speed ahead! I began with walking about a mile every day. If this is too much for you, start out with a half of a mile or even just once around the block! After a week or two you'll find that you're not nearly as tired when you're finished as you were the first couple times you did it. That's your signal to up your time/distance a bit. Then repeat the process, when you're comfortable with the new distance, up it again. You'll be doing a BIG workout in no time at all!


SexyRevealed
04-02-2007, 11:18 AM
Welcome Brandy! We have similar goals... I am trying to lose 165 lbs. WOW, I think that's the first time I've written that, and it does seem like a lot. So I try to think in smaller chunks. I'm trying to lose 45 lbs by the summer. That sounds better! LOL. :)

I started exercise right away, maybe within a week or two of committing to change my lifestyle. It may be easier to start one new habit at a time, but don't put off exercise for too long. I also started with WATP one mile, and I could barely get through the mile. 10 weeks later, I'm doing 45 minute Turbo Jam tapes, and sometimes even adding on another 20 minute tape. :) You're gonna be so shocked at how fast your cardiovascular health improves! And of course, exercise will help your weight loss tremendously.

We have a weekly exercise check in thread, and that really helps with motivation. Also there's a monthly point challenege that helps with accountability as well. So stick around and get to know these wonderful people. You can do it!!!

keeperofthehome4
04-02-2007, 11:51 AM
:welcome: Brandy. This board is the greatest so many people to cheer you on. I started excerising right away. I did the Walk away pound tapes at first and then mixed it up later with different things. You can do this!!!!!!

RitzyFritz
04-02-2007, 01:00 PM
First of all - WELCOME! This is THE BEST place for support on your new lifestyle!

Second of all - regarding exercise, do what you can! If you can only walk 5 or 10 minutes around your block, etc., then do that. One thing to remember, those of us who have a lot to lose actually have an advantage over those who have only 10 or 20 lbs to lose! Our weight that we want gone is actually like a smaller person using weights, so it usually helps your weight loss go a little quicker at first than a smaller person sees. So...do what you can! You will find that the more you go down the more you can move and you can up the routine which you will need by that point anyway.

Please keep in mind - THIS IS DO-ABLE!!! Be sure to visit the threads were folks have posted their incredible successes!!! Those are SO motivating and gives us hope to keep pressing on ourselves.

I look forward to getting to know you as we make this journey together! :hug:

Slashnl
04-02-2007, 04:26 PM
Welcome Brandy! You've come to a great place.
Just remember "one step at a time". I just started too, and the only goal I'm focused on right now is to get below 270. I'm trying to do a decade at a time. That might work for you, too!

nelie
04-02-2007, 05:06 PM
Hi Brandy, Welcome! There is also a PCOS forum here on 3fc that may have some tidbits for you.

As far as exercise first vs diet first, I actually started with exercise then worked on my food. I don't think you should wait at all! Exercise will help improve your heatlh as well as help you lose the weight.

GirlyGirlSebas
04-02-2007, 06:05 PM
:welcome2: Brandy. Looking forward to getting to know you.

In response to your question about exercise - I started exercising at the same time I started following my diet plan. My body won't respond to diet alone.

melsfolly
04-02-2007, 08:13 PM
Welcome to the forum Brandy! I also started exercising at the same time that I started following my food plan. But I started slowly and added in additional exercise as I went along.

jennylou
04-02-2007, 08:28 PM
Welcome. :)

katrs5
04-05-2007, 12:37 PM
You are all right. I'm going to just start the exercise - do what I can and work up to more. Thanks for all the warm welcomes. :)

Brandy

Elstyle
01-24-2010, 07:48 PM
Hi,

I also have 3 digits to lose and I am really determined. I know it will take quite a while and a real change in lifestyle, but I have already lost 12 pounds and am comfortable with low carb diet. It gives me lots of energy. However, I have not really started any exercise.
I have a Healthrider but I just don't get on it!!! I need to do it first thing in the morning or I know I will not do it at all.
Just talking about it makes me think about doing it. Well, heres to Monday.

Lori Bell
01-25-2010, 09:36 AM
Hi Brandy. Welcome to 3FC. I also started out with with a large amount to lose and it does seem unthinkable, but boy oh boy, is it doable. And you won't regret your decision for a minute!

I didn't start exercising until I was fully and completely comfortable with my eating plan. I've tried, (and sometimes successfully) to lose weight throughout the years and I always jumped in full force and thought I had to do it all at once. I would get burned out, or if I screwed up in one area, (eating or excercise) I just gave up on it all. THIS TIME, I decided to take it slow. Baby steps. I figured I was hauling an additional 190 pounds 24/7, and that is WAY more than MOST people can bench press. I was getting in massive weight training by just moving, (and not sitting at the computer so much!). It worked well for me. I added in more excercise as I lost. I NEVER had a plateau and lost steadily. Do what you can, but don't try to overwhelm yourself, (or injure yourself). Hold on tight and enjoy the ride!

rockinrobin
01-25-2010, 09:42 AM
Ummm, Loribell, I love how you shared you story (as I always do), but I'm not sure if Brandy will be around to hear it (though I'm sure plenty of others will). This thread is almost 3 years old!

I got SO excited when I saw folks who responded to this who haven't been here in ages, that's when I realized it was an oldie. Oh well...

time2lose
01-25-2010, 09:46 AM
Hi Brandy, I also want to welcome you to 3FC. I can't tell you exactly how much weight that I had and still have to lose. It was too overwhelming so I decided to not look that far ahead and just deal with looking at the next 5 to 10 pounds.

I added activity from the first. My mobility had started being affected by my weight so getting it back was a high priority. I start with walking 10 minutes. Then I added the 15 minute WAP video. Love the WAP dvds. Now I do the 45 minute ones and it is not nearly as difficult for me as the 15 minute one was at first.

I think that the most important thing is to find what works for you. You won't have the exact same experience as anyone else, so listen to all of us and do what seems right for you.

I look forward to seeing more of your posts. I am sure that you will be letting us know what works for you!

time2lose
01-25-2010, 09:48 AM
:rofl: Just saw Robin's post. I did not realize that the post was so old! I hope that Brandy has done well!

Lori Bell
01-25-2010, 09:57 AM
Ummm, Loribell, I love how you shared you story (as I always do), but I'm not sure if Brandy will be around to hear it (though I'm sure plenty of others will). This thread is almost 3 years old!

I got SO excited when I saw folks who responded to this who haven't been here in ages, that's when I realized it was an oldie. Oh well...

Oops! I hate it when that happens! :o
;)

It would be awesome to hear from Brandy and find out what path she took, and how it turned out for her. I hope she is rockin a hot body and is healthy!

WhitePicketFences
01-25-2010, 09:58 AM
Heh, when I saw it I was going to respond and say pretty much what Loribell said. Well, for what it's worth, I did baby steps too! Best to anyone else wondering :-) I wonder how Brandi ever fared,

time2lose
01-25-2010, 10:08 AM
It looks like we need to welcome Elstyle instead of Brandy. She brought the tread up.
Originally posted by Elstyle Hi,
I also have 3 digits to lose and I am really determined. I know it will take quite a while and a real change in lifestyle, but I have already lost 12 pounds and am comfortable with low carb diet. It gives me lots of energy. However, I have not really started any exercise.
I have a Healthrider but I just don't get on it!!! I need to do it first thing in the morning or I know I will not do it at all.
Just talking about it makes me think about doing it. Well, heres to Monday.

Welcome Elstyle and congratulations on the 12 pounds! You have gotten off to a good start. I look forward to seeing you here at 3FC.

WhitePicketFences
01-25-2010, 10:22 AM
Yeah, hey, welcome Elstyle!

The 100 lb club is great. You're in the right place and it sounds like, off to the right start. Pound by pound.

Lyn2007
01-25-2010, 01:30 PM
Welcome!

I started out with just changing my eating, which led to more activity (energy). I could only walk a couple minutes before being in pain and exhausted. As I lost the weight I added longer walks until I could go a block. Then longer. Then added my exercise bike, and now strength training.

I think you just do the best you can without overdoing it and wearing yourself out too soon.

Good to have you here!